State Library closed Monday 5 October, Labour Day public holiday
Carolyn Spooner is Community Learning Content Librarian at the State Library of South Australia, where she has worked in a variety of roles for over 40 years. She enjoys assisting researchers in their quests, as well as the thrill of discovery in her own research. Carolyn’s talks and tours promote the State Library’s mix of wonderful heritage and online collections. She recently co-curated the exhibition Heroes of the skies in the Treasures Wall, and coordinated the Library’s Volunteer Transcription Program for many years.
Carolyn has edited the magazine of the State Library, the gazette of Croquet Australia and the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. She wrote the article on ‘Sport in the archives’ for the Friends’ 2019 publication Bibliofile, and contributes to the website footyalmanac.com whose motto is ‘Sport. Write from the heart’. She is a member of the Cricket Lovers Society and the Australian Society for Sports History.
“My favourite books and stories elicit a strong emotional response. I remember as a child sitting on the bread crock in the kitchen, blissfully reading Susannah of the Mounties aloud to my Mum while she washed the dishes. I hadn’t seen this book since childhood, so was quite overcome when the curator of our Children’s Literature Research Collection found two editions of the book for me. I re-read some cherished passages at my desk, tears rolling down my cheeks. As well as my favourite novels, I am just as devoted to my essential reference books, such as the Style guide for the writer and editor in me, and those plant and bird identification guides indispensable for life on my Adelaide hills property.”
To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government in their roadmap to recovery. When entering the library please make sure you sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided. Bookings are essential and you will also need to complete a COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form so we can undertake tracing if needed. You can download the following form to complete and bring with you when you attend the event:
How do I get to the State Library by public transport?
The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.
You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.
Is there car parking near the State Library?
The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.
There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.
Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?
Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.
There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.
How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?
You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays. The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.
Is there a cafe at the State Library?
Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.
What is Eventbrite?
At the State Library we use Eventbrite for our event and program registrations. When you register for an event or program, you will be asked to provide your name and email address. Eventbrite will then prompt you to create a password so that you can manage your bookings. For information about what happens to your contact details please view our privacy statement.
How do I book into an event, tour or program?
Find the event, tour or program you would like to book. On the page about the event, tour or program you will notice a yellow button called 'Book now' as well as registration cart on the page.
Choose the number of tickets you need then follow the prompts by filling in your details. We use Eventbrite at the State Library for our event and education programs.